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I will soon be buying the parts for my Intel Ivy Bridge machine and i'm just curious, as someone who has never OC'd (or even owned) an Intel motherboard / CPU before, what is the best, cheapest, OC friendly RAM i can purchase? (I would like to have 8GB of RAM.) I'm thinking of getting this ($100-$120 budget) as my motherboard and saw this ram as the highest rated, cheapest one on The Egg. Is it not enough to have 1600 RAM though, can you overclock it to be more? Or is it better to buy faster ram out of the gate?

I'm really just a guy that would love to squeeze more out of his machine (particulary CPU) for gaming, and don't want to OC to break any records. But i would love a solid 4.0 GHz (or more if possible) out of my 3570K if possible.

All thoughts, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you! thumb.gif
Edited by HeartOfAHydra - 7/6/13 at 2:06am
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mATX form factor of Mobo only or what? because if it is Ok to use a standard ATX size of mobo im goin to suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546R or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295 ..... what budget your goin to give on your mobo pick exactly?
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mATX form factor of Mobo only or what? because if it is Ok to use a standard ATX size of mobo im goin to suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546R or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295 ..... what budget your goin to give on your mobo pick exactly?

I was trying to go mATX if possible. That way i could use the new mobo/CPU in my current case (as that's all it supports is mATX, but if it's that beneficial to go full ATX, i definately will wait and get a case that supports it along with it! I like the look of that gigabyte. Any downsides to buying a mobo open box? And i'd say around the $100-$120 range for my mobo.
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I will soon be buying the parts for my Intel Ivy Bridge machine and i'm just curious, as someone who has never OC'd (or even owned) an Intel motherboard / CPU before, what is the best, cheapest, OC friendly RAM i can purchase? (I would like to have 8GB of RAM.) I'm thinking of getting this motherboard and saw this ram as the highest rated, cheapest one on The Egg. Is it not enough to have 1600 RAM though, can you overclock it to be more? Or is it better to buy faster ram out of the gate?

I'm really just a guy that would love to squeeze more out of his machine (particulary CPU) for gaming, and don't want to OC to break any records. But i would love a solid 4.0 GHz (or more if possible) out of my 3570K if possible.

All thoughts, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you! thumb.gif

Well a budget would make it easier to be able to assess what motherboards to chose from. But given you only wish to reach a 4Ghz overclock the board you have posted in the OP is good enough.

As for the ram, I am personally fond of Corsair and G.Skill. I was able to get my G.Skill Trident X from 2400 to 2666mhz with a .05v bump and my Corsair Vengeance LP from 1600 to 1768 without a voltage bump at all.

Though there has been a rave over the very cheap Samsung 30nm RAM on this site and many others, with many being able to get a 1866mhz 9-9-9-24 overclock on the 1600mhz 11-11-11-28 rated RAM. That is if you can actually find it.
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for mATX i can suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551&Tpk=gigabyte%20z77%20sniper%20m3&IsVirtualParent=1 (same performance of Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H) or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830 ..... those are mATX form of mobo but rich in components for very easy overclocking method.... for RAM im goin to tell if you goin to plan for 1866 speed from 1600,.... just stay with 1600 for having small difference in performance gain and also for the price.... wink.gif
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for mATX i can suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551&Tpk=gigabyte%20z77%20sniper%20m3&IsVirtualParent=1 (same performance of Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H) or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830 ..... those are mATX form of mobo but rich in components for very easy overclocking method.... for RAM im goin to tell if you goin to plan for 1866 speed from 1600,.... just stay with 1600 for having small difference in performance gain and also for the price.... wink.gif

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